Let me be myself, the latest exhibition at the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa in Waiouru is on tour around New Zealand challenging prejudice and racism.
This dynamic and interactive exhibition created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam has already visited 80 countries and been seen by more than 10 million people globally.
Museum Director Windsor Jones said, “We are honoured to have this exhibition here in Waiouru. Its themes reasonate with our own mandate of remembrance and preservation of memories through the telling of personal stories. This is demonstrated in the incredible impact this particular personal story of Anne Frank continues to have worldwide.”
Using a combination of excerpts from Anne Frank’s famous diary, historical artefacts, pictures, video and testimony, the exhibition walks you through the life of the Frank family and the history of the era, before engaging visitors in discussion about how the same themes affect the modern world.
Including the experiences of teenagers today, the exhibition talks about disability, prejudice homophobia and racism in the 21st century, and challenges the visitor to examine their own core moral values.
The Kiwi experience is brought into focus with an educational programme developed for NZ schools by the Holocaust Centre of NZ. “Local school students have the option of training as tour guides and we already have much interest from schools in our catchment area” said Marketing and Visitor Experience Manager Nicola Bennett.
The exhibition aims to promote tolerance and good citizenship in New Zealand and opens on Thursday 14th February and runs through until 16th June.